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Tyron Smith Injury Puts La’el Collins Back at RT, Terence Steele Moves to LT

Continuity on the was the reason Cowboys HC gave as to why didn't reclaim his starting job at right against the Vikings. Collins spent the week getting reps at both tackle and before playing in 's wishbone set as a to mark his return from . started at RT like he has in each game this season, and held up well in protection of . Steele will remain in the starting lineup when returns against the Broncos this Sunday, though at to fill in for .

Smith's in Minnesota opened the door for Collins to play RT again, enough of a blow to put aside any additional motives behind his delayed return to the lineup. came in for Smith at the Vikings, but it's Steele that's reliably protected Prescott all season – earning his playing time as the Cowboys play their best five linemen against the Broncos.

Steele along with were bright spots for the Cowboys a year ago, as Moore kept the together without either starting tackle or Prescott. Now, the Cowboys have one of the best offenses in the league with Steele being the hangover from an otherwise forgetful 2020 campaign. A valuable swing tackle that can fill in for either Collins or Smith has been a need on the Cowboys roster, as was a backup QB capable of stepping in to win a game.

The do-no-wrong 6-1 Cowboys have both of these things right now. Smith's injury being about pain management, the Cowboys will be faced with a decision on just how long Steele can be in the starting lineup when he's ready to play again. Dallas will be looking for Collins to take full grasp of the right tackle spot before inserting Smith back in the lineup, pairing the tackles together for the first time since week one when the time comes.

Of course, Steele may be the first to remind anyone that will listen that week one remains the lone Cowboys loss on this season.

Joe  Philbin has earned praise for making the right decisions since joining McCarthy's staff. That season opener in Tampa Bay was the only game he's coached in two years with both Collins and Smith starting at tackle.

The decision to keep this continuity will be an easy one, even if this week's of what La'el Colilns looks like at RT again is due to injury. As a team, the Cowboys have a lot to look forward to with impact players returning from injury over the coming weeks. It shouldn't be long until Smith can quickly be added to this list.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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